Photos: 2015 favorites
We had each of our four photographers choose two of their favorite photos from the past year. What they came up with is brimming with action, passion, and vigor. Click on a photo to enlarge it.
The Dalai Lama greets members of Minnesota's Tibetan community upon arrival to the Mayo Civic Center Sept. 30 for a private gathering. The 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader was at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for what his representatives have described as a routine checkup.
"They're kind of like potato chips. You can't have just a couple," says Brett Pauley, who co-owns Pauley Alpaca Company in Rochester with his wife, Jen Pauley. "They're funny creatures. Good therapy animals," says Jen of their eight Suri alpacas. The animals are sheared once annually and their fleece is used for several items, including yarn and socks. The self-described "sock snobs" hosted an open house on their farm the weekend of Sept. 26.
Rochester firefighter Ross Baker cools surrounding trees and slows the burn of a house at the end of a training burn on April 30. About one third of Rochester firefighters had a chance to train during six fires in two houses on the property, the former Till farm across from Lourdes High School on 19th Street Northwest.
Trevor Biederman, of Winona, speeds down a snowy trail at Bluffside Park during the Snow Bomb race in Winona on Feb. 22.
Marie McNamara, laundress by trade, mends a regimental flag during the Living History Weekend and Civil War encampment held July 25 at the History Center of Olmsted County.
Rochester Lourdes freshman Donovan Buss leaps into the air as he celebrates his match-winning goal in overtime against Austin during the Section 1A championship game Oct. 22 at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium. Trying to catch up to Donovan is teammate Peter Alexander. Lourdes defeated Austin in overtime 1-0.
Century gymnast Natalia Jacobson is back for her senior year and looking to return to the state tournament after placing 11th in the uneven bars last year.
Mayo's Kelly Klees (16) and Lexie Lang (9) celebrate with coaches and teammates after a 3-2 win over Lakeville North in the Section 1AAA championship match Nov. 7 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.